What You'll Get
Horses require human guidance to keep from brushing against barbed wire, eating poisonous rocks, and galloping triumphantly into the ocean. Take the reins with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $79 for 5 thirty-minute group horseback-riding lessons (a $175 value)
- $129 for 10 thirty-minute group horseback-riding lessons (a $350 value)<p>
Experienced instructors lead small groups of students aged 5 and older during riding lessons held Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Riders are grouped according to skill and ability, and no previous experience is necessary.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 15, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Must use 5 class pack within 60 days of activation. Must use 10 class pack within 90 days of activation. Reservation required. Not valid for those who have enrolled in lessons within the past 6 months. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About J.L.M. Equestrian
Ritual and ceremony are a big part of horseback riding, according to Jessica Martinelli, the owner and head instructor at J.L.M. Equestrian. "It's more than just getting on and going," she says. "There's a lot of care involved too." Jessica, who's been riding since the age of 6, teaches students how to properly brush, tack, and saddle a horse during lessons.
Once their steeds are prepped, students climb aboard one of the farm's team of 11 horses, which includes Rodney, a dark-brown gelding who flips his friendly tail during most of a week's 35 lessons. In the saddle, beginners learn balance and control under staff supervision. They’ll learn to take the reins in the 100'x200' outdoor riding arena, where they practice using their legs and feet to control and communicate with the horse. More advanced riders practice jumps.
Sometimes the first few lessons snowball into a genuine passion. Jessica herself saw her initial interest blossom into a lifelong love highlighted by competitions with the US equestrian team and an appearance at Madison Square Garden during the National Horse Show. For those students looking to get more involved, Jessica offers camps, and some students go on to compete in regional competitions or the state's interscholastic riding program.